Crime still up in NYC this year — despite dip due to coronavirus

Crime still up in NYC this year — despite dip due to coronavirus

Crime in the Big Apple remained up through the first four months of the year — despite a stark decline over the last six weeks as the pandemic coronavirus has helped deter criminals.

In April, the NYPD reported a nearly 30 percent dip in major crime, with almost 2,000 fewer felonies occurring during the outbreak, according to NYPD data released Monday.

Robberies, assaults, and grand larcenies all saw a decrease compared to last year — with grand larcenies driving the downward trend with resident reporting half the theft last month with only 1,566.

But with people stuck inside, criminals have taken aim at empty homes and businesses. Burglaries jumped by about 200 compared to 2019 as thieves targeted closed-up commercial spots in more than half the 942 burglaries logged.

In addition, nearly 200 more cars were stolen this April compared to last year.

“With unparalleled commitment, strength and fairness that is at the core of our agency’s mission, the men and women of the NYPD are maintaining operational continuity and public safety during this ongoing COVID-19 outbreak,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement.

Over the first four months, crime was still up 2.6 percent, the data shows.

Following one of Gotham’s most deadly years recently, murder had ticked down through the first quarter — but as of Monday, killings were back up.

Through April, the city had 102 murders compared to 98 last year over that time.

Source : Craig McCarthy Link

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